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Commentary on what’s happening in Washington, D.C., at NGAUS, and around the globe that pertains to our members and the National Guard.

By Joel Mutschler | June 27, 2013 | Air National Guard, Army National Guard, Congress, Department of Defense, Domestic Response, House of Representatives, personnel
Pentagon leaders exempted uniformed personnel from the sequester to limit the impact of ongoing budget debates on military readiness. However, they did not include the approximately 53,000 National Guard military technicians in that exemption. These technicians support the readiness of troops not only for the state emergencies but for the federal mission as well. They are part of the Total Force... Read Full Story
By Annie Lively | June 14, 2013 | Air National Guard, Army National Guard, Congress, Defense Authorization, House of Representatives
Today, the House debated and passed H.R. 1960, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of Fiscal Year 2014, with a final vote of 315-108 with 12 representatives not voting. This bill, as mentioned in a previous blog post, includes many great provisions for the National Guard. Before final passage, a number of additional defense-related amendments were considered on the House floor... Read Full Story
By Mary Catherine Ott | June 10, 2013 | Air National Guard, Army National Guard, Congress, Cyber Security, Defense Authorization, Department of Defense, Domestic Response, equipment, funding, House of Representatives, Mental Health Care, military construction, modernization, Pay and Benefits, personnel, Senate
This week is a busy week – the House of Representatives will be considering its version of the FY14 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), H.R 1960, on the floor. Meanwhile, the Senate Armed Services Committee will be marking its version S.1304. The House Armed Services committee passed H.R. 1960 last week, recommending an overall discretionary and mandatory authorization... Read Full Story
By Mary Catherine Ott | June 10, 2013 | Air National Guard, Army National Guard, Congress, Cyber Security, Defense Authorization, Department of Defense, equipment, funding, House of Representatives, Mental Health Care, military construction, modernization, Pay and Benefits, personnel, Senate
This week is a busy week – the House of Representatives will be considering its version of the FY14 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), H.R 1960, on the floor. Meanwhile, the Senate Armed Services Committee will be marking its version S.1304 tomorrow. The House Armed Services committee passed H.R. 1960 last week, recommending an overall discretionary and mandatory authorization... Read Full Story
By Grace Washbourne | June 4, 2013 | Air National Guard, Army National Guard, Congress, Cyber Security, Department of Defense, Domestic Response
In the current fiscally constrained environment, our federal government is facing difficult choices in prioritizing federal programs. Some of the most contentious discussions are taking place within the Department of Defense as they grapple with the drawn down of the wars and settle on new strategic priorities for the future. These decisions about military end strength, force structure and... Read Full Story

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